It occurs to me, after watching The Fellowship of the Ring, that Gandalf is not the only Christ-figure in LOTR. And that Sam is a nearly perfect example of Christian forbearance and forgiveness. Frodo wavers, under duress. Sam never does. He keeps his promise to Gandalf to keep Frodo safe, inasmuch as it is in his power, despite weariness and slander and heartbreak. He is like a [short, hairy-toed] stripling warrior from the Book of Mormon.
Sam is Everyman, serving the best he knows how. Like you. Like me. Knowing that he serves a cause far greater than himself. Knowing that it may cost him his life. And finding within himself a nobility and courage that are all the more profoundly moving for being wrapped up in such a seemingly ordinary and insignificant package.
Remember who you are.
- Five years into widowhood, after one year of incredible happiness and nearly 14 years of single blessedness. Have given up perfect manicures and pretty hands in order to resume playing the soprano recorder and to see if I can figure out how to play bluegrass banjo. Singing in the shower. Still really, *really* love to knit!